10-year-old to be charged in Fort Worth dog's death

Police will charge a 10-year-old for the death of a dog in a far north Fort Worth neighborhood.

The boy will be charged with animal cruelty-torture, which is a state jail felony.

The body of Cookie, a King Charles Cavalier mix, was found Monday on a neighbor's porch who's not involved in what happened to the dog.
Cookie was found with a fractured skull and severed spine, among its many injuries.

Another neighbor told Cookie's owner, Jennifer Knittel, that a young boy had cornered Cookie and beat the dog with a stick.

Knittel said Tuesday the police had questioned the young boy about what happened to Cookie. The boy claimed he was attacked by the dog.

Knittel said someone let both her dogs out of her backyard. She says she's still grieving the loss of Cookie, but hearing that the boy will be charged is at least some comfort.

"It's odd to me, ‘cause I'm angry with him, but I think that he needs help, so I'm hoping that the charge won't be a probation thing because he is a juvenile," said Knittel. "I'm hoping at the very minimum it'll be counseling or whatever, because I don't think it was normal behavior."

The 10-year-old boy lives a few streets away.


Knittel says she'd had Cookie for about 5 years. She'd gotten him from a rescue facility in North Texas where she also works.


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